Issue 39
October 29, 2020
HC Alumni News
Houston Christian's campus has been bustling with activity as students and teachers pivot to incorporate "normal" school activities into socially distant and meaningful events for our community. Our Robotics team is preparing for a remote presentation of their project and solution to the dilemma that they were presented as a part of the annual BEST robotics competition. Our athletic teams are training and competing against other teams that are meeting guidelines. Our classes are fully "live" and any student who has to miss due to potential illness is able to be a part of the important classwork. 

In place of our fall play, HC Theatreworks will be presenting A Magical Showcase, a musical evening of different Disney songs, monologues, and scenes. Our students auditioned for this event and are excited to have this unique opportunity to share their talents with our community. The musical evening will be a ticketed on-campus "Drive-In" event hosted in the football stadium. Ticket prices start at $20 for a live performance on December 10 at 7 pm. Or view online the day after for a small donation to the fine arts program.

Our Distinguished Scholars Program had its first presentation night for the year. Our three seniors were able to share and defend their thesis projects virtually to fellow students and family members! You can check out their research topics here (start at minute 37:00).

Class of 2020 - Leadership & Entrepreneurial Spirit

Snacks abound once again in the Athletics hallway thanks to seniors Zach Munton and Mitchell Wallace. Earlier this semester, the students decided to rent the broken vending machine from the school to make some extra spending money. After having it repaired and restocking it, the machine became popular once again. 
"We're already making a profit," Zach said. 
Students can request specific snacks through their Instagram account @HC_Vendors. The favorites so far are Sour Skittles and Hot Cheetos.
Both Zach and Mitchell believe this is a good opportunity to implement the business practices they are learning in their leadership classes. They both said it is giving them real life experience on the cost of running a business and the realities of sales. They won't ever purchase snacks again.
"We wouldn't waste our money," Mitchell said. 
Alumni News
Why you should join HC Connects TODAY!
Mentoring | Networking | Fun!

We have launched a NEW platform that can help alumni, teachers, and current students connect with alumni mentors & find internships!

Take the time today to login, sign up, and invite friends!
Mustang Canter Closing Ceremonies!
Thank you to all of our alumni and community members who supported HC by walking in our FIRST virtual 5K Fun Run!

We appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment to Houston Christian. Check out our closing ceremonies and announcement of the winners on youtube!

Go Mustangs!
Mustang Medley
Band | Choir | Dance | Orchestra
This year's fall concert is being pre-recorded by our students so that it can be "aired" and shared with our community on November 19!

Keep an eye out for an email with a streaming link or check in to the Houston Christian website the day of the event to find a viewing link.

Enjoy an evening of music and dance from the comfort of your living room.
Homecoming 2020 - Creating Memories
While there will be no HoCo football game this year, a new game plan has been drafted! 
Our students will get to celebrate with traditional homecoming activities the week of January 25, leading up to the presentation of Homecoming Court at the pep rally on Friday. All athletic events on January 29th are at home against St Andrew's and will be the perfect time to show off our indomitable Mustang Spirit!  

All Classes ending in '0s and '5s! Please reach out to your class agents and plan your off-campus class reunions this year. We would love to help!
Mustang Fund Impacts
Every Mustang, Every Day
Gifts to the Mustang Fund go to work immediately bridging the gap between tuition and the cost of education. The Mustang Fund supports academic excellence, ongoing teacher development and retention, leadership development, competitive athletics, superior fine arts and cutting-edge technology.
Mustang Spotlight
National Merit Scholarship Students
Houston Christian is proud to announce our 2021 National Merit students! Emily Mallin has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. Cristian Gualy and Camille Hudson have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These honors come from being among the highest scoring students who took the PSAT. Great job and congratulations!
XCountry Team Named
Best in SPC!
Congratulations to our HC Cross Country Boys team! MileSplit TX has ranked HC the best Boy's team, whose 1-5 runners were the closest to each other in a race. Shoutouts to Kyle Hartman '22, Michael Campbell '22, Lito Guerrero '23, and Johnnie Francis '24! Mustangs are #1 in the SPC!
Callie Hawkins '20
In a year with so much pivoting and transition we are excited to share with you about how our alumni have re-imagined what life can look like in a COVID-19 future. Hear below from an alumna who is taking a gap year before starting college.

Caroline ("Callie") Hawkins '20 is taking a gap year this year and will attend Trinity University in the Fall of 2021. Currently, she is enrolled in a virtual gap semester program to further develop her skills and explore new opportunities. Through YearOn, she is working with Thematic, a new AI-driven startup service connecting filmmakers and musicians for YouTube videos. 

As part of her YearOn internships, she published an article in The Commoner, a non-profit, non-partisan news outlet dedicated to reflecting the opinions and concerns of the common people.

She also represented B.E.A.C.H. (Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai'i). As their in-person representative in Tyler, Texas, Callie was responsible for the initial conversion of over 1.2 million plastic bottle caps into oil at New Hope Energy. B.E.A.C.H. works on cleaning up Hawaii's beaches by recycling plastic and other materials which would harm the coastal environment. Callie will continue her gap year through additional adventures in the Spring. 
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